Thursday, November 20, 2008

Shayne the Super Swimmer!

My daughter Shayne is a Super Swimmer. She gets 100% of it from her father's side of the family. My family from Lehi, Utah, did snow sports. Joel's family from Long Beach, California, did water sports. I did take swim lessons when I was little but remember not passing my final test. My friends where all on the swim team but I couldn't (and still can't) even tread water. I can jump off the diving board while plugging my nose and doggy paddle my way back to the side. That's all. Shayne at age 11 was doing all four strokes perfectly. She loved it. I kept waiting for her to get bored of it but, when that first summer was over she wanted to keep going. Just her luck they started up a year-round team that next month and she hasn't stopped since. I told her that she can stop at any time and it wouldn't be considered quitting, it would be retiring. Well, this year she is a Freshman and even though they are in the Middle School they still get to compete with the High Schoolers. So, she tried out for the Pine View High School team and made the Varsity Team! There are about 5 Senior girls on the team that didn't like her because she made the team and others didn't. Once the team was made they had timed trials to see who was the fastest. Shayne finished before all but 1 of those Senior girls then they really hated her. But at their first meet against another High School when they killed them in their relay races because they had Shayne and when Shayne won all of her races and added a lot of points to the teams overall score then they decided that they had better start liking her and fast. She has one of those personalities that screams "I don't care if you don't like me because I'm going to like you no matter what." Shayne's goal is the 2012 London Olympics. She will be 18 years old. So watch for her on T.V. Here is the latest newpaper article on her if you want to check her out.


Jillyn said...

Welcome to the world of blogging. It's lots of fun. I'll add you to my list and thanks for all of your kind words about Mason, and congrats to Shayne. We're all proud of her accomplishments.

katie said...

Penny this is awesome!! Thanks. I love being able to read what's going on in your family. When I used to babysit Shayne I had no idea she would be such a great swimmer! Amazing!


Spencer said...

That's awesome - I'll be able to travel by then and make it a "return to my mission visit" and swing down to support the hometown girl in London.